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Our learning in Autumn 2

A wonderful end to the topic - WWII day

 

In preparation for our WWII day, the children made biscuits ready for the VE day party that they were inviting their parents to. They had to measure out the ingredients and then follow the instructions in order to make them using the recipe. Once they were baked… the children were ready for their WWII day.

 

The day started with some VERY strict teachers ringing the bell on the playground. They needed to make sure that the children had come to school with their gas masks in case there was an air raid and that they were smartly dressed for the day ahead. Once inside, they began writing out the National Anthem in their best handwriting, practised chanting times tables, made VE day flags after listening to Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech and begun making their own air raid shelters. The day was also filled with regular hand inspections and air raid sirens going off. During the afternoon, the children hosted a tea party where they sang WWII songs to their parents, before presenting them with tea and biscuits and then finally, they shared their work that they have produced across the unit with their parents. It was a fabulous day and the children really enjoyed themselves.

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Gaining confidence in speaking German

 

Over the last term, the children have been practising many simple German phrases to help them to introduce themselves to others. They have been practising saying, ‘Hello, How are you? I am good thank you. What is your name? My name is Peter. How old are you? I am 7 or 8 years old. How many siblings do you have? I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Goodbye’. The children have built up their confidence in asking and answering questions and can now hold a simple conversation in order to tell someone about themselves. They have also learnt how some phrases are used more formally (Guten Tag rather than Hallo and Auf Wiedersehen rather than Tschuss) and for adults rather than when speaking with friends. Have a look at some of our videos (to be uploaded soon) that show our conversation skills!

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Addition and subtraction with measures

 

This half term, we have continued to build our understanding of 3 digit numbers in different contexts. As part of developing our confidence, we have done lots of partitioning of 3 digit numbers to really understand how they are made and have used dienes and place value counters to make the numbers before then doing some addition and subtraction using them. We have looked at addition and subtraction using measures – weight and capacity. We had to read scales in order to get the readings before we were able to solve some challenging problems.

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Putting our persuasive writing skills to the test...

 

As part of our English units this half term, we have been writing persuasive letters to the British people during WWII to ensure that they supported the war effort. We gave them lots of advice of actions that they must take during the blackout, as well as why they should help with the savage and waste recycling scheme and also, how important it was to ‘Grow your own’ during the war times so that people stayed healthy during rationing. The children then showed that they had mastered the art of persuasion when, a couple of weeks later, they wrote their persuasive letters to Father Christmas telling him what gifts they would like and the reasons why they should get them! We then took them to the post office, stuck stamps on the envelopes and sent them off to him… fingers crossed for a reply!

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Year 3 celebrate Norwood day in 70s style

 

In celebration of Norwood being open for 40 years, the children celebrated Norwood Day in 70s style! The day begun when the school bell was rung by the eldest boy and the eldest girls before we went in and listened to the story of Percy Norwood and how his bravery at an incident at the railway saved a man’s life. The day continued with the children learning about what life was like in the 70s, they looked at how Blue Peter now and in the 70s and the discussed what is the same and what is different. They also looked at some of the other TV programmes, music, toys and outfits were different back then. The children used all that they had found out to design their own 70s outfit, write a postcard as though the school had been transformed back into the 70s and learnt some 70s songs. It was a great day and the children enjoyed their experiences of 70s life!

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Fabulous Fractions in Maths

 

At the beginning of this half term, the children were developing their understanding of division relating to fractions. The children loved using pancakes and strawberry laces to show how they needed to divide up the pancake into equal parts to show different fractions, 1/3, 1/10 etc. We continued the food theme with fractions when the children had to build their own pizzas using the correct number of slices, all equally sized of course, to make a whole! Once these were made, the children could share the ingredients equally between each slice to find different fractions of amounts.

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